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Summary Data

Season (Adult / Immature):

National Status: Common

Local Status: Scarce and thinly distributed or restricted resident.

Local Record: Grade 2   See here for explanation

Flight time: One generation, May-Jul.

Forewing: 13-15mm.

Foodplant: Hawkweeds, hawk's-beards, sow thistles, others.

IMPORTANT - Please note that the maps and accounts are provisional, subject to change and further update.  The whole dataset still needs to go through the final verification process and it is likely that a very small number of records will not satisfy the present requirements and there are other records that have not been formally submitted.  The information is for guidance only.

Record breakdown:

Year first recorded193119731931
Year last recorded201120112011
Number of records23426520
Number of individuals37033806
Unique positions628140
Unique locations528120
Adult records22626504
Immature records000

For the region, we have a total of 520 records from 120 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1931.


2164 Broad-barred White 02
© Julian Francis
2164 Broad-barred White 01
© Tom Morris

Species Account

For further information refer UK Moths.

Davey, P., 2009: A species found mainly in south-east Britain, but local elsewhere, the larva feeding on the buds and flowers of compositae species including ox-tongues (Picris spp.), hawkweeds (Hieracium spp.) and hawk's-beards (Crepis spp.). In Dorset, the moth is most often seen on dry grassland on both chalky and sandy soils; in such places it is local and at low density.

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